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03-21-2012, 02:03 PM
Pretty Papers

Just canít find the perfect decorative paper for your latest collage or bookmaking project? Making your own decorative papers can be a lot of fun, and the results are often quite surprising and inspiring. Here are a few methods you can try:

Paste papers are made by mixing color (usually acrylic paint) into a paste such as rice paste (http://www.dickblick.com/products/amaco-rice-paste-powder/) or methyl cellulose (http://www.dickblick.com/products/lineco-methyl-cellulose-adhesive/), then applying it to wet paper in a thin layer. While it is still wet, patterns are scraped or scratched into the paste. The finished papers are glossy and flexible, and quite beautiful.

Marbling is an easy way to create stunning papers. Mix a sizing like carrageenan (http://www.dickblick.com/products/jacquard-carrageenan/) into water in a tray, let it thicken, then sprinkle or drip marblng colors (http://www.dickblick.com/products/jacquard-marbling-starter-kit/) across the thickened sizing. Use feathers, skewers, or Combs (http://www.dickblick.com/products/combs/) to move the colors around on the sizing, then lay your paper down to pick up the resulting pattern.

Suminagashi is a Japanese method of marbling, which involves floating special marbling inks (http://www.dickblick.com/products/aitoh-boku-undo-suminagashi-marbling-kit/) or sumi inks (http://www.dickblick.com/products/yasutomo-liquid-sumi-ink/) on water. Patterns are made by fanning or gently blowing on the surface of the water, then paper is laid on the water to pick up the ink.

You can also use cold water reactive dyes (http://www.dickblick.com/products/procion-mx-fiber-reactive-cold-water-dye/) on paper. Itajime is a dyeing method from Japan often used on paper as well as fabric. The paper is pleated, folded and clamped, then dipped into dye to create wonderful kaleidoscopic patterns.

FAQs
Q.How can I find out more about making my own decorative papers?
A. Try one of the books or lesson plans below, or give our Product Information Department a call.
How to Marbleize Paper (http://www.dickblick.com/products/how-to-marbleize-paper/)
Itajime Decorative Paper (http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/itajime-decorative-paper/)
Simple Suminagashi Monoprints (http://www.dickblick.com/lesson-plans/simple-suminagashi-monoprints/)

Becky
Product Information Specialist

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